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 Posted: Wed Jul 11th, 2007 09:06 pm
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Set a few coal mines on fire and you ruin the industrial Northern economy. Set those coal mines on fire and they still might be burning today.

Would they have known that at the time? What did Ewell know of coal mines or how important they were to northern industry. Or Lee, Longstreet and Stuart? I'd suspect Jackson knew the devastation on northern industry by simply breaking up the head buildings; i.e., it wouldn't be necessary to fire the coal--just the things that made a mine work.

Serious question. Glad you brought up an invasion goal of the mines. Or was Lee simply working on drawing Meade into a war-deciding battle?

Great discussion. Will have to dust off my G'burg books and do some cram reading.

Ole

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